Dear Pastor Whoever….
You and I have something in common that’s very difficult toadmit: we both have a resistance to Jesus Christ. Yes, we love theLord and endeavour to please Him. And we are grateful for theholy sacrifice, the offering of Himself at Calvary on our behalf.And yet….
And yet there is a strong resistance to bow to His lordship and Hissanctifying process. If it wasn’t for this impedance we would be anentirely different christian. We would have already accumulatedmore “treasures in heaven” – not only more, but much more. Someof those “treasures” would be people; we would have been used byour Commander-in-Chief to draw multitudes into His Kingdom.We would be more like the NT heroes we envy, with “signs andwonders” following us as they did them.
I would have been converted to Christ years earlier if not for this*!*!*!*! resistance. The same is true, I suppose, of you and everyone.Thankfully there was a time when our longing for Jesus supersededour resistance and we (finally!) bowed to His lordship and receivedHis awesome salvation. We like to think this resistance problemwas dealt with at that holy encounter. But not so, not fully. Our egosuffered a setback, but it wasn’t dead. We still resolutely decline todie to self, to surrender self-rule, to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
My resistance to full surrender to Christ has a negative effect onothers but not nearly as much as yours, simply because you aremore influential. Your sunday audience considers you their pastor,their shepherd. You could set them free. By confessing yourresistance to Christ Jesus you might make them realize their own.Might bring them to repentance. Might make them more like theNT heroes they envy.
Thanks for listening.